Michael Gerson / Politics

The Value of a Human Life

WASHINGTON -- From Belgium comes news that a mentally disturbed prisoner is to be granted government help in committing suicide. A typically shallow ethical debate ensued -- isn't assisted suicide for a prisoner a bit too close to capital ...

Leading From Behind the Curve

WASHINGTON -- The nation of Liberia -- founded by liberated American slaves with support from Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and James Monroe -- is not unacquainted with suffering. Two civil wars in the period from 1989 to 2003 and decades of economic...

Obama's Careful War

WASHINGTON -- The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama's Islamic State speech -- his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them "safe haven," his moral clarity on...

Carrying the Fight to the Enemy

WASHINGTON -- As America pivots back to the Middle East -- in belated recognition that America's enemies never pivoted from their intention to establish a territorial expression of radical Islamism -- President Obama is more likely to change his ...

Nature Out to Kill Us

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes the artifice of writing -- metaphors, historical comparisons, the just-so quote -- fails. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa demands directness: We are about to witness a human catastrophe that could destroy large portions ...

The Importance of History

WASHINGTON -- The monumental tapestry triptych by Marc Chagall, hanging in the State Hall of the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, hints at some of the artist's own memories, including from his childhood in Vitebsk, Russia. But these float among ...